Directors start jobs at medical network

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Two new clinical directors have taken up their roles at a research network hosted by a Sheffield health trust.

Dr Simon Howell and Dr Alison Layton have been appointed as joint clinical directors of the National Institute for Health Research’s Clinical Research Network in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The network, hosted by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is one of 15 set up across the country.

Dr Howell, a senior consultant anaesthetist, and Dr Layton, a senior dermatologist, will be responsible for developing the Yorkshire scheme by boosting participation in clinical trials and helping to set up new studies of medical devices which improve patients’ wellbeing.

Sir Andrew Cash, chief executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said he was ‘delighted’ with the two new appointments.

He said: “Both bring considerable expertise and vision to the new network, which will build upon the research strengths of the region to help set up and develop new trials and studies of medical devices that will improve patient wellbeing.”

The scheme will give ‘every patient who wishes to take part in research the opportunity to do so’, he added.